Windows 10 on a phone will arrive with universal apps, wallpapers and new notification system

Windows 10 on a phone will arrive with universal apps, wallpapers and new notification system
Microsoft has been very clear about designing its new Windows 10 OS with unification in mind. From what has been said today at the Win 10 presentation, it seems that, even though visually the OS will still look a bit different across devices, under the hood it will all be very similar, sharing a common kernel, and a common app store. This should be a relief for all the disgruntled Windows app developers out there.

The tile Universal touch-friendly interface section now pops up front and center only if you detach the screen part of your convertible device, for instance, and stays out of the way when you have your keyboard attached in laptop mode. Microsoft demoed the new universal Notifications system, too, which will keep it all synced across phones, tablets and laptops. Deleting a notification will make it disappear on all gear, for instance. Microsoft has a  new toggles menu in store, with taps for GPS, silent mode, and a rudimentary settings menu.

Windows 10 for phones will now include the full mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The Office ribbon has been downsized and tailored for smaller displays, and yet staples like Track Changes will now be present on Win 10 smartphones, too. You will also have the option for wirelessly beaming presentations and other documents through Miracast, or to a connected printer.

The live tiles are still here, and are livelier than ever, populated with real-time information. You can also add backgrounds freely behind those, but the most important part are the so-called universal apps. These will be apps like Office, for instance, which will be one and the same running across phones, tablets, and laptops, with only the interface icons and menus adjusted to fit the various screen scenarios - small, large, touch, non-touch an so on. The same goes for all staple Microsoft programs, like Outlook, but also will be asked from developers of third-party apps down the road, making sure the software will run with the closest similarity possible on all your Windows gear, as you can see in the slideshow below. 

This continuity will be gradually tested over the next few months until the final Windows 10 release hits everything - from your ultrabook, through your 8" Windows tablet, and even lower-end Lumia phones will be getting it, all free of charge - a seismic shift for Microsoft indeed.


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88 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

For some reason W10 isn't appealing me. Visually little has changed, but I think those who are using WP8.1 will enjoy it. That's just me.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's most certainly not just you. Do not want. Plus we know like Office, after the honeymoon, new upkeep fees. Pass.

21. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I agree. At least, W10 for phones. I am definitely looking forward to it on my pc.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Switched to Mac OS X and never looking back at Windows. No can do.

26. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Good for ya. But you gonna miss the fun ;)

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not missing anything at all. Love the simplicity, speed, fluidity and software as a whole for OS X than Windows 8. Windows 7 was by far my favorite release if I had to pick one. Yosemite > 8.1 imo.

75. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

To each his own, but personally I don't see how Windows 8 isn't speedy or fluid. I can see how it might not be simple for some people used to previous versions of Windows, but it really only takes like 10 minutes to get used to the changes, so even that is kind of an iffy reason. Of course there are plenty of good reasons why one might prefer OS X, but I just don't think simplicity, speed, and fluidity are good reasons. I think if you are using a laptop, a lot of your perception might come down to the intuitive way in which you can interact with the track pad. Which is possible with a few Windows 8.1 laptops as well, just not a lot of people know about it.

32. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Windows Seven,...til it won't run anymore!! Then that's that.

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Running OSX as well, still prefer Windows as my main driver. Prefer the speed, software and applications of Windows.

38. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Regardless of what OS X can do, even if it does it better than Windows, if I can't play my games I'll never even consider it.

42. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Boot Camp. ;)

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

still stutters for me on a osx machine.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What model do you have? One sporting Core 2 Duo or i5? Also, what version of OS X are you running? Just curious.

50. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The hardware isn't strong enough to play games on maximum :)

60. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2293; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Speaking of Mac OS X, I thought it was funny that almost every reporter in that room was using a Macbook. I have to agree with you though, Windows hasn't been appealing for a while and Windows 10 hasn't changed my opinion.

76. Phonecall01 unregistered

"For some reasons.."... Could it be the fact that you're an Apple guy???

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

... Nothing impressive, so much leak that no one is surprised

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So basically, this will turn all our laptops in giant phones... just when we thought that win 8.1 could not be made worse, Microsoft came out with this! :)

29. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

No. Basically you can have PC on smaller sized devices :)

37. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good with out the bad, kool? So no viral or malware issues from PC side down to handset for sure then, right??

63. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

android user worried about malware? Now that is funny.

70. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Its all born on Windows, everyone targets windows because of volume of PC in homes. Windows gets onto phones, hackers have a much more lucrative target now, from more angles too I'd think. Yup sure is.

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"We had to copy apple in waiting 4 years to give people the option to have their own wallpaper on their phone."

16. matty1323

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Holy Crap you can change your background wallpaper! Its like they added a calculator or something, isn't that something you should have been able to do since...oh I dont know..before smartphones!? Sigh.....

6. android_hitman unregistered

so many haters here, when apple will do the same you will all call it innovation and start crying from all the excitement...

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Dude the comments you see above all are from known Windows trolls , if they did not hate I would have been surprised.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seriously give up. Not everyone has the same views as you so don't equate that to them being a troll.

18. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

We find it sad to see Liveitup posting as everytime. Liveitdown Liveitup.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If he enjoys it, why the hell should he care about what others think? That's exactly what's wrong with society today. Enjoy whatever you like and just ignore what everyone else says. Seriously it isn't that hard.

24. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Completely outside of the subject. He is not enjoying but he is forcing and chilling everyone to love what he enjoys. That's the real problem of society and what we all of us do not approve.

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